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Andrew Percy MP

Member of Parliament for Brigg & Goole and the Isle of Axholme, Member of Parliament

Andrew Percy has been the Conservative and Unionist Member of Parliament for Brigg & Goole and the Isle of Axholme since 2010. Prior to getting elected to Parliament, Andrew attended the University of York, followed by Leeds Law School. He re-trained as a school teacher and taught in a number of local schools across East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, where he specialised in history. Moreover, he was elected four times as a Councillor to Hull City Council, serving as Chairman of the Licensing Authority for a number of years.

On becoming a Member of Parliament, Andrew served on the Health Select Committee, Northern Ireland Affairs Committee and the Regulatory Reform Committee. He was also appointed by Mr Speaker to the Speaker’s Panel of Chairs whose members chair certain committees and debates.

In July 2016, Andrew was appointed Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth at the Department for Communities and Local Government and served in this role until standing down from Government following the June 2017 election. His ministerial responsibilities included: the Northern Powerhouse, devolution deals, local growth, coastal communities, community rights (including pubs), local enterprise partnership (LEP) policy, enterprise zones, high streets, inward investment and infrastructure (including High Speed 2), European Regional Development Fund, and resilience and emergencies.

Andrew has also previously served as the UK Prime Minister's Trade Envoy to Canada. This role included working across Government and with businesses to try to secure more Canadian investment in the UK and to help facilitate UK businesses who wish to invest in Canada.

Andrew is also active on a number of All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPG), including the APPG on Surrogacy and the APPG Against Antisemitism.

In his spare time, Andrew is a Community First Responder with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service having established a first responder scheme for the Goole, Hook and Airmyn area. He spends weekends volunteering on this scheme, responding to emergency calls such as strokes, heart attacks and cardiac arrests.

Additionally, Andrew has worked locally to set up two Imagination Library schemes in the Brigg and Goole constituency. The Dolly Parton Imagination Library was started by Dolly Parton in her home state of Tennessee with the aim of encouraging parents to read with their children with the hope of increasing literacy rates. The scheme spread from America to Canada and then on to the UK. Andrew runs the Goole and Snaith Imagination Library for children in the East Riding of Yorkshire part of the constituency. He also serves as the Chairman of the North Lincolnshire Imagination Library Board which is run by North Lincolnshire Council.

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